Ballinger and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted a guided public tour of CHOP’s recently opened Roberts Center for Pediatric Research. The tour was part of the 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, and the oldest design event of its kind in the country. The annual festival showcases the work of practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals.
The tour was led by Ballinger architects: Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, Associate Principal Dean R. Johnson, AIA, and Senior Associate Bill Andes, AIA. The program included a lecture by Terry, who presented the project team and design intent, followed by a tour of the site, showcasing the public elements of the design, and then a visit to two upper floors. Guests visited an empty shelled floor followed by a completed floor, a sequence that provided insight into the planning of the flexible workspaces.
The 30 guests who attended were invited to a reception in the cafe following the tour.
Ballinger is proud to participate in DesignPhiladelphia and contribute to Philadelphia’s identity as a hub for creative activity.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Ballinger presented a tour of the new Roberts Center for Pediatric Research for the Philadelphia chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women). Ballinger Principal Terry S. Steelman, FAIA addressed the group, providing context on the tower’s site and design. He then took attendees on a tour of the site, highlighting the landscaped public space around the building and the location of future building phases.
The tour included a shelled floor and a completed floor, equipped with flexible workstations and collaborative space.
CHOP’s Douglas Carney, AIA, MBA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President for Facilities, Design, Construction and Real Estate, described how Ballinger helped CHOP develop new space standards and how users are reacting to them.
CREW member and Vice President of Clemens Construction Company, Carol Horne Penn, remarked “The opportunity to understand the design intent and goals for the building, the site and its integration into the community, was very informative. It’s these types of opportunities that allow our membership to grow in their understanding of the work of various contributors to the built environment.”
Philadelphia magazine reported on the completion of construction of the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The 21-story building extends CHOP’s campus across the Schuylkill River and will be home to desk-based research and administrative offices.